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Behavioral Health

Suicide and Bullying Multi-Cultural Awareness Forum on June 18

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Community and faith-based organizations and the public who are interested in gaining knowledge on suicide and bullying are invited to attend a forum on the issues on June 18.

The purpose of the Suicide and Bullying Multi-Cultural Awareness Forum is to promote further understanding of suicide and bullying on a universal and multicultural level and to encourage mental wellness when dealing with these sensitive topics.

The forum will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 18 at the Double Tree Hilton Empire Ballroom, 222 N. Vineyard Avenue in Ontario.

The Cultural-Specific Committees of the Department of Behavioral Health in partnership with Riverside – San Bernardino County Indian Health Inc. will be hosting the forum.

Keynote presentations will be made by Dulce Peña, JD, MAOD, MA, PCC; Arnold Thomas, MSW; and Patti Cotton, MA, MAOD, PCC. Along with the keynote presentations, the Suicide and Bullying Multi-Cultural Awareness Forum will be comprised of 10 culturally-specific breakout sessions and a treatment-based suicide and bullying awareness panel.

For more information, contact Imo Momoh, Cultural Competency Officer, Department of Behavioral Health, 909-252-4069 or email  imomoh@dbh.sbcounty.gov.

Education and empowerment at Department of Behavioral Health Expo

mentalhealthmonthAs part of May Mental Health Month, the County Department of Behavioral Health is having an Expo on Thursday, May 22 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Residents will be provided with information, education and resources regarding mental health services in their communities. The Expo will be held at County of San Bernardino Health Services, 850 E. Foothill Boulevard in Rialto.

The Department of Behavioral Health has adopted the “Mind Your Health” theme and encourages residents  – through service, education and partnership – to fully embrace the concept that health and wellness not only improve health in the mind, body and spirit, but also maximizes one’s potential to lead a full and productive life. May Mental Health Month was designed to raise awareness about mental illness and the importance of mental wellness for all.  The Department of Behavioral Health is proud to continue its tradition of celebrating May Mental Health Month, which began in 1949. This year’s national theme is “Mind Your Health,” which is directly linked to the Countywide Vision element of Wellness.

The Expo provides an opportunity for residents to learn about mental health, services and empower themselves and others to mind their health.

Activities planned throughout May for Mental Health Month

behavioral healthThe Department of Behavioral Health is proud to continue its tradition of celebrating May Mental Health Month which began in 1949. This year’s national theme is “Mind Your Health,” which is directly linked to the Countywide Vision element of Wellness.

The Department of Behavioral Health has adopted this year’s theme and encourages county residents through service, education and partnership to fully embrace the concept that health and wellness not only improve health in the mind, body and spirit, but also maximizes one’s potential to lead a full and productive life.

Activities planned this year can be found at the following link: Mental Health Month Events.

More information about each of these activities will be posted at CountyWire throughout the month of May.

Native American Heritage Month Celebration

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First District Supevisor Robert A. Lovingood, Keynote speaker Ernest Siva – Morongo Band of Mission Indians Tribal Historian and Cultural Advisor, DBH Director CaSonya Thomas, Third District Supervisor James Ramos

More than 140 people representing various cultures, communities and organizations attended the Native American Heritage Month Celebration on November 13, 2013, at the University of Redlands. The event was hosted by the County Department of Behavioral Health in collaboration with the Native American Resource Center, and the Riverside-San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc.

On November 5, the Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution honoring November as Native American Heritage Month. The month of November is also a nationally recognized month honoring the Native American Heritage.

The theme for this year’s event was “Four Directions of Wellness.” This theme was selected to focus on the importance of emotional, physical, mental and spiritual health when working with Native American/Alaskan Native Community members in recovery from mental illness and/or substance abuse. The event included a keynote presentation from Ernest Siva – Morongo Band of Mission Indians Tribal Historian and Cultural Advisor. The event also included cultural dancing, craft activities, entertainment and food.

The Native American Heritage Month Celebration was started by the DBH Native American Awareness Sub-Committee in 2009, as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the United States. The purpose of the celebration is to further our understanding of Native American Culture through education. The event is also used as a platform to raise mental health awareness, reduce stigma, promote access to care and share community resources.  For more information visit www.sbcounty.gov/dbh.

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